Lizard, Western Plated


Gerrhosaurus major


The Western Plated Lizard is approximately 14 to 20 inches in length when full grown. They are grayish brown in color dorsally, gray to light brown in color ventrally, and cream to yellow in color on the throat. They are covered in plate-like, keeled scales. The males are larger than females.

Family

Gerrhosauridae

Order

Squamata

Class

Reptilia

Range

Eastern to Southeast Africa

Habitat

Rocky desert areas, savannas, burrows

Life Expectancy

In the wild, an average of 5 to 10 years.

Sexual Maturity

Diet

In the wild, their diet consists of plants, insects, and small vertebrates.

Status

IUCN - Not Listed

Behaviors

Western plated lizards are a diurnal species. They are not particularly social, however they can be found in groups when sharing common areas for feeding and breeding. They will also share their burrows with other animals, such as snakes. Breeding occurs in August, with eggs being laid from October to November. Females lay two to four eggs at a time in moist soil. When hatched, the young are 4 to 5.5 inches in length.

Adaptions

Special Interests

Folklore

Conservation

Jacksonville Zoo History

Exhibit

Seronera Reptile House